Summary: Roommate decides to get back at his roommate (male) for asking for the room to get it on by live streaming his roommate’s sexual encounter with another male student. Recorded roommate learns of what his roommate does. Three days later, he jumps into the Hudson River and commits suicide.
I’ve read reader comments in response to this story that suggest that the guy who live streamed the encounter was just “kidding” or that he was just pissed that he had to give up his room for a booty call. The livestream was just a prank he and his female friend were playing on the recorded roommate. Sexile is part and parcel of college life and to go to the extremes that these two did is completely ridiculous. It’s too malicious to be a prank.
A few responses to these comments and this story:
There’s a very good chance that this student was depressed before the live-streaming incident and the incident only pushed him over the edge.
However, his depression is not enough of an excuse to gloss over how horrific it is to record someone having a sexual encounter WITHOUT their consent and then broadcast it on the Internet.
Why is this particularly horrifying? The Internet does not forget anything, ever. It’s not particularly forgiving either. Everything leaves a trace. Who knows how that encounter would have lived on and haunted the student, his life and reputation.
There is suspicion that the now deceased was a closeted homosexual and that this video only forced his sexuality into the public before he was ready to, which is, in some ways, the saddest part of the case. If he were straight or engaging in a straight sexual encounter, the repercussions of the broadcasted encounter may not have been as severe. Heterosexuality does not come with the same stigma of shame that being gay does in our society.
I think the duo who decided to broadcast the roommates’ encounter need to receive the harshest possible punishment and turned into an example for these baby digital natives who haven’t learned that public/private boundaries still exist and are worth respecting. It’s amazing how the Internet allows other to dehumanize other human beings with relatively ease.
I hope 4chan’s /b\ board goes ape shit on these two.